This summer we made an audiovisual recording of Francisco Tárregas “Capricho Árabe” performed by the aspiring Granada based Classical and Flamenco guitarist, José Diego Molina Villanueva. The sounds of an Andalusian summer evening accompany the guitar beautifully. Tárrega wrote this piece with the inspiration of a long voyage to Andalucía and North Africa. The Arabic culture surrounded him in the process of its composition.
José Diego Molina Villanueva plays a classical guitar with a Western Red Ceder top and Ziricote back and sides. Made from start to finish here in the workshop in Nigüelas.
His childhood abruptly changed due to an accident. He fell into an irrigation channel, which damaged his sight. After the incident his father, afraid that his son would become blind, decided to move to Castellón so that Francisco could assist musical classes and later earn a living as a musician.
In 1874, Tárrega got accepted in the Conservatory of Madrid where he studied musical composition with Emilio Arrieta. By the end of 1870 he was already giving classes and concerts on a regular basis. Shortly after he gave concerts in Paris and London.
Apart from his own compositions, such as “Recuerdos de Alhambra”, Capricho Arabe”, “Variaciones sobre la Jota Aragonesa” and “Danza Mora”, he also arranged for guitar compositions of Romantic era composers, such as Beethove, Chopin, Felic Mendelssohn and the Spanish Serenata of Joaquin Malats.
Like other composers of his era, for example Isaac Albéniz, Tárrega combined the Romantic tendency that prevailed in his time with the Spanish classical music.